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6.5a.1. Computation and Physical Systems, Misc (Computation and Physical Systems, Misc on PhilPapers)

Moura, Ivan (2006). A model of agent consciousness and its implementation. Neurocomputing 69 (16-18):1984-1995.   (Google)
Piccinini, Gualtiero (2008). Some Neural Networks Compute, Others Don't. Neural Networks 21 (2-3):311-321.   (Google)
Abstract: I address whether neural networks perform computations in the sense of computability theory and computer science. I explicate and defend
the following theses. (1) Many neural networks compute—they perform computations. (2) Some neural networks compute in a classical way.
Ordinary digital computers, which are very large networks of logic gates, belong in this class of neural networks. (3) Other neural networks
compute in a non-classical way. (4) Yet other neural networks do not perform computations. Brains may well fall into this last class.